Seven dogs with atopic dermatitis and six normal dogs were treated with a spot-on product containing essential oils and unsaturated fatty acids q 7 days for 8 wk. Seven additional atopic dogs received a daily spray containing similar ingredients to the spot-on. In all dogs, transepidermal water loss (TEWL) was measured before and after treatment using a closed chamber device. In atopic dogs, a validated lesion score (canine atopic dermatitis extent and severity index, CADESI) was determined and pruritus was assessed with a visual analog scale before and after treatment. The mean CADESI scores in atopic dogs decreased with the spot-on (P=0.0043) and with the spray (P=0.0366). Similarly, the pruritus scores decreased with the spot-on (P=0.266) and with the spray (P=0.0177). There was a significant difference between the TEWL values of healthy and atopic dogs on the abdomen (P=0.0181) and back (P=0.0123). TEWL decreased significantly on the back after treatment with the spray (P=0.016), but not on the abdomen (P=0.078). Adverse effects were not observed. The results of this pilot study indicate that topical fatty acids and essential oils are a useful treatment option for canine atopic dermatitis.
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Research Article| July 01 2011
The Influence of Topical Unsaturated Fatty Acids and Essential Oils on Normal and Atopic Dogs
Sandra Tretter, DVM;
Ralf S. Mueller, DVM, PhD, DipACVD, FACVSc, DipECVD, FAAAAI
J Am Anim Hosp Assoc (2011) 47 (4): 236–240.
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Sandra Tretter, Ralf S. Mueller; The Influence of Topical Unsaturated Fatty Acids and Essential Oils on Normal and Atopic Dogs. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 1 July 2011; 47 (4): 236–240. doi: https://doi.org/10.5326/JAAHA-MS-5607
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